Wahconah News - 2/12/20

Wahconah News - 2/12/20
Posted on 02/12/2020
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Feb. 12, 2020

Hello Wahconah Families,

Welcome to the Wahconah Wednesday email update! We hope you find the following information, reminders, and repeats to be helpful.

WAHCONAH WEEKLY

Here’s the latest episode of our video club’s Wahconah Weekly:

https://youtu.be/STAlA5inqb4

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT NEWS

(all of this news is announced regularly to our students via morning announcements/flyers)

BCC Foundation Scholarship - The BCC Foundation scholarship application is now open. All students interested in attending BCC next year are encouraged to apply. To apply please visit this link:

https://www.berkshirecc.edu/about-bcc/bcc-foundation/scholarship/

Junior College Planning Nights - If current Juniors are considering college as an option, we strongly encourage you to attend as many local workshops as you can. You will learn about the college application process from start to finish. Mrs. Salavantis will be visiting Junior English classes in the next few weeks and will also give Juniors some important pointers. Mrs. Grady will also be sending emails regularly directly to members of the Junior class to remind them to make college visits, visit college fairs, sign up for SAT and ACT, etc.

In the meantime we urge you to mark your calendars for two upcoming events.

  • College Prep Info Night at the newly renovated Norad Mill in North Adams on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm. (See flyer below)
  • Wahconah College Planning Night on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm in our library.

College Night Flyer Feb 20 PRT (1).pdf 

ASVAB Testing - Juniors and Seniors who are 16 years old and older have the opportunity to take the ASVAB at Wahconah. ASVAB is an assessment that helps you learn about future academic and occupational interests. If you are thinking about joining the military, joining an ROTC program in college, or are interested in learning about what career options might interest you, you can see Mrs. Salavantis by March 2 to sign up. ASVAB will be held on March 16 starting at 8:00AM in the library and a score interpretation workshop will be held in April. You will be responsible for any work you miss in your classes.

Understanding Financial Aid Offers - Over the next few weeks, many of our seniors will begin to receive their college Financial Aid Award Letters, or “Offer Letters” as many colleges are beginning to call them.  While all colleges are required to clearly describe the types of aid available – grants and scholarships, work-study, and loans – it can sometimes be confusing to compare multiple financial aid offers and figure out the bottom line – what is still left over to pay. Check out these great resources to help clarify and simplify:

http://www.payingforcollegeresource.com/award-letters/  

Important College Financial Aid Info - Here are some important resources when it comes to financial aid:

  • Students should review financial aid information on each of their colleges’ individual websites to know exactly what they need to submit and by when. It is important to follow college deadlines for financial aid in order to maximize financial aid opportunities.  
  • All students looking to attend college should apply for financial aid through FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Here is a link to the FAFSA website:
    https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
  • Some colleges require the CSS profile. A list of those colleges can be found on the following website:
    https://profile.collegeboard.org/profile/ppi/participatingInstitutions.aspx
  • Some college require their own internal forms.

Again, be sure to meet deadlines to maximize financial aid.  

CHECK OUT THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS!

(all of these announcements are made regularly to our students via morning announcements/flyers)

New England Math League – Open to ALL students on Tuesdays from 2:30-3pm. Students have 30 minutes for 6 questions. Students can use a calculator and scrap paper. Students get 4 Points for participating and an extra point for each correct answer!

  • Mar. 17

Barrington Stage Company – They are currently casting for Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre production of the Ty Allan Jackson novel, SupaDupa Kid, which was adapted into a musical by Melvin Tunstall III, Joel Waggoner, and Sukari Jones.

Javon Williams was just a normal kid until a freak accident gave him amazing superpowers. The only problem? The neighborhood bully, Hoody, acquired his own superpowers and is using them to terrorize the city! Javon attempts to save the city by becoming… The Supadupa Kid!

All young people are invited to audition, no performance experience necessary.

Please prepare a 2-minute contemporary song — show us your personality! Bring sheet music or a karaoke track to perform with.

Rehearsals are Monday–Saturday from July 6–29 (Sundays are off). Performances are July 30–August 9 in afternoons and early evenings.

Please email us at education@barringtonstageco.org or call 413-499-5446 x112 to schedule your audition time.  

WAHCONAH BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE

The next Wahconah School Building Committee meeting is Thursday, March 12th at 6pm in the Wahconah Library. All meetings are open to the public.

FOODSOURCE HOTLINE and LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please consider checking out the information in the attachment below. Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline connects people struggling to put food on the table with benefits and other food resources in their communities. 

FoodSource Hotline flyer.pdf 

Also here is an updated list of local food pantries.

Food Pantries in Berkshire County Master.pdf 

VAPING RESOURCES

Due to the nationwide teenage vaping epidemic, we will continually provide helpful information and resources for parents in the space below.

Vaping by youth has become what the U.S. Surgeon General calls an epidemic and many people are working to find solutions.  New resources are available to educate youth and help those who want to quit vaping. Sadly, many youth are unaware of the facts about and the dangers of vaping.  To help, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a campaign designed for youth found at mass.gov/vaping It provides facts and materials for young people that compare vapes and cigarettes:  both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in their body and both are highly addictive and dangerous for young people.

Please make note of new free programs to help address the vaping epidemic. 

·       This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709.  In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

·       My Life, My Quit TM has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Young people can call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. or sign up online at  mylifemyquit.com.

·       Visit teen.smokefree.gov for tools and tips.

·       Encourage young people to ask their school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult for help.

·       For more information, young people can visit mass.gov/vaping.

·       More information for parents/adults is available at GetOutraged.org.

 

Talking with young people about vaping is essential—youth need to know that vaping is harmful and that help is available for those who want to quit.  Visit GetOutraged.org to learn more or contact Joyce Brewer at jbrewer@berkshireahec.org .

THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS NOW…June 15th!

Since we have had two snow days so far, the last day of school will now be June 15th. That means final exams for grades 9-11 will now be June 10, 11, 12, 15. Please plan accordingly! This will be repeated in each Wahconah Wednesday Message for the remainder of the school year.

PARENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Will return next month!

We will be using this space on a monthly basis to provide helpful tips and insight to help bridge the gap between home and school. Some of the information shared in this section will include links to useful articles, websites, or videos.

STUDENT DROP OFF/PICKUP - Reminder

We greatly appreciate those of you who acknowledge and follow this procedure. However, it is important to remember that the driveway directly in front of the school should remain clear for school buses only during the following times:

  • 7:20-7:50am (morning drop off)
  • 2:15-2:30pm (afternoon pick up)
  • 3:15-3:30pm (late bus pick up)

Any parents/families dropping students off or picking students up must use the car lane, which can be accessed, by using the last driveway in the student parking lot. When leaving the parking lot please exit through the middle driveway.

Please note that if a bus’s lights are flashing red, that means you cannot pass it regardless of whether it has a stop sign extended from it or not. We have asked for assistance from Dalton Police (when available) to help monitor this. Thank you for your help.

ATTENDANCE/DISMISSAL REMINDERS

Please remember that the proper dismissal procedure for ill students is for the student to go to the nurse first. The nurse will examine the student and determine whether the student needs to be dismissed. Ms. Roy (ext. 1131) will then make the call home if she determines that dismissal is warranted.

Also, if you’ve secured a last-minute doctor’s appointment during the school day, please call ahead to Mrs. Farley (our Main Office Administrative Assistant at ext. 1320) so that she can prepare a dismissal for your student.

NEED MORE INFO?

Always remember that you can find important and useful information pertaining to Wahconah by going to the following:

Thank you!

 

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